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Windows 7: Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit, RAM patch.

15 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit, RAM patch.

Hello, so i installed the 32 bit windows ultimate by accident which limits me to the 4 GB ram, bearing in mind i have 8 GB. As i already had my preferences and programs installed, i did not have the time to do a fresh install. So i downloaded and ran a 'patch' which changes the kernel settings? Could someone please tell me if this would be safe, or would i be expecting memory dumps in the near future? Thanks.

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15 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot

I do not know what you downloaded and installed, but you can't patch 32 bit windows to access more than 4GB memory. You need to reinstall the 64 bit version of the OS to to be able to access more than 4GB of RAM. I would expect whatever it is you installed is not safe.
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15 Oct 2012   #3
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Everything you need is here including the 64 bit installer and tools/methods to obtain and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Steps are the same for retail.
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15 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

People have jumped all over me in the past when I've mentioned the PAE hack.

PAE allows 32 bit server OSes to access more than 4GB of RAM. However, every other limitation of a 32 bit OS remains. (Each application can access at most 2GB of RAM, 3GB with the large memory switch.)

I have no idea whether the hack works under any circumstances. I know of no one using it successfully.

My recommendation: take the time to go to a 64 bit installation.
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